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Realistic medicine

Earlier this week the Scottish Chief Medical Officer announced a new initiative called “Realistic Medicine”. In this initiative health care professionals are encouraged to listen to our patients and discuss possible treatment outcomes before prescribing any form on intervention. By coincidence I was attending an NHS meeting discussing how optometry in NHS Highland can help improve patient care.

Over the past ten years the Scottish government has promoted optometry as the gate keeper for eye care. We are expected to listen to our patients, discuss possible treatment plans and then, where appropriate, prescribe glasses or offer relevant forms of treatment or, where necessary, refer our patients to the appropriate hospital department. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Because of our expertise in eye-care, and the sophisticated equipment now available in optometric practices GPs encouraged to send their patients with eye problems for an optometric evaluation before being referred to hospital.

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